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The Resource Incest and the English novel, 1684-1814, Ellen Pollak

Incest and the English novel, 1684-1814, Ellen Pollak

Label
Incest and the English novel, 1684-1814
Title
Incest and the English novel, 1684-1814
Statement of responsibility
Ellen Pollak
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"From the inadvertent marriage of a brother and sister in Daniel Defoe's Moll Flanders to the sexually charged intrafamilial relationships in Jane Austen's Mansfield Park, a remarkable number of English novels written between 1684 and 1814 predicate their plots on the tabooed possibility of incest. In the first full-length study to examine the striking prevalence of such plots in early English novels, Ellen Pollak focuses on literary representations of actual, averted, or imagined incest in works by Aphra Behn, Henry Fielding, and others. Pollak situates her readings in the context of changes in class and kinship organization that were taking place in the late seventeenth and eighteenth centuries and in the context of the accompanying emergence of modern cultural ideologies and representational forms. She argues that the historical realignment of the categories of class, kinship, and representation that took place with the shift from patriarchal to egalitarian models of familial order marked a transformative moment in the cultural construction of incest. Considering incest narratives in the light of social and discursive transformations and of contemporary debates surrounding incest and its definition in the domains of religion, moral philosophy, and the law, Incest and the English Novel shows how stories about incest served as sites for both the production and the critique of modern notions of gender and sexuality." "Pollak's illuminating readings will engage all serious students of the novel, especially those interested in how questions of gender and sexuality relate to the narrative. Firmly establishing the importance of the topic for understanding eighteenth-century English literature and culture, her work is bound to spur further discussion of the significance of incest discourses in the early modern period and beyond."--Jacket
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DLC
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Pollak, Ellen
Dewey number
823.009/353
Index
index present
LC call number
PR858.I63
LC item number
P65 2003
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • English fiction
  • Incest in literature
Label
Incest and the English novel, 1684-1814, Ellen Pollak
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [239]-252) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: Modernity, incest, and eighteenth-century narrative -- Incest and its contingencies: debates in Britain from the Reformation through the eighteenth century -- Beyond incest: gender and the politics of transgression in Aphra Behn's Love-letters between a nobleman and his sister -- Guarding the succession of the (E)state: incest and the dangers of representation in Delarivier Manley's The new Atlantis -- Moll Flanders, incest, and the structure of exchange -- Ingesting incest: maternity, textuality, and the problem of origins -- Incest and liberty: Mansfield park
Control code
50090212
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 261 pages
Isbn
9780801872044
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2002009448
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Label
Incest and the English novel, 1684-1814, Ellen Pollak
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [239]-252) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: Modernity, incest, and eighteenth-century narrative -- Incest and its contingencies: debates in Britain from the Reformation through the eighteenth century -- Beyond incest: gender and the politics of transgression in Aphra Behn's Love-letters between a nobleman and his sister -- Guarding the succession of the (E)state: incest and the dangers of representation in Delarivier Manley's The new Atlantis -- Moll Flanders, incest, and the structure of exchange -- Ingesting incest: maternity, textuality, and the problem of origins -- Incest and liberty: Mansfield park
Control code
50090212
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 261 pages
Isbn
9780801872044
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2002009448
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n

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